Dry cleaning should get clean engine oil out without any further treatment.
The problem with detergents is that you may damage the colour or the fibres,
especially if you have to rub the area. Another solution may be a cycle
chain cleaner which works by simply spraying on and then washing off (no
Hope this helps
On Tue, 11 Jan 2005 20:18:59 +0000 (UTC), Canna Service User
Mix liquid dishwashing detergent and Clorox II to form a paste and
apply to the stain for 30 minutes. Carbon tetrachloride (dry cleaning
fluid) will also work. Have a spare set of old clothes for car work.
Dry cleaning fluid is normally perchloroethylene but can be now white spirit
or liquid carbondioxide. Petrol will also degenerate oil. With all of these
you will have to let the solvent evaporate to get rid of it, if you wash
something with a solvent on it will turn into an emulsion and spread over
the whole garment - very difficult to remove sometimes.
Hope this helps
best is spray oven cleaner
not on silk/wool
lave it on for about 10 minutes
rinse and wash normally
i believe carbon tetrachloride is now abanned item
i forget chemistry of new dry cleaning chemicals
i do know incidently that new dry cleaning chemical is carbon dioxide
You mean concentrated lye? Miners' wives used to use it on coal stains.
I wonder what kinds of fiber would be happy with lye. It's murder on
nylon and can change the color of some dyes.
In the 1600s, "household lye" was a mixture of wood ashes and urine.
You'd hang your linen in a tub, pour the mixture over it, collect it,
and repeat until the cloth was clean. If the linen was especially dirty
you could add washing soda to the mixture.
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